Author: Janine Moore

The Workhouse – Southwell, Nottinghamshire

The workhouse at Southwell is a humbling place, somewhere to be experienced at least once, I can guarantee you’ll never forget your visit. What an eye opener, from the cradle to the grave through the eyes of a pauper in the workhouse, a time traveling experience if you will. This was our 3rd visit, we first visited in late 2003 when our daughter was 3 ½ years old and youngest son just a year old, the National Trust were still making repairs to the buildings they had only acquired in 1997 but the visit is still a very memorable...

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Deep Filled Steak and Onion or Cheese and Onion Slices

A mouthwatering but easily made pastry slice, deep and meaty or cheesy as you wish. Makes for a great treat at tea time, a mid-week pick me up or a weekend meal, goes perfectly well with stacked chunky homemade chips and side salad or peas. These slices can be prepared in advanced which makes a very useful recipe to have to hand and can be filled as a savoury dish, meaty, vegetarian or indeed sweet. *Makes roughly 6 slices per packet of puff pastry Ingredients *One packet of frozen puff pastry, defrost and use at room temperature. A little...

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Newstead Abbey – Roving through the gardens in the footsteps of Lord Byron

The gardens and grounds of Newstead Abbey are a pleasure to visit, relaxing and romantic as you might expect when you’re walking in the footsteps of the renowned romantic poet, Lord Byron. Newstead Abbey never was an Abbey, in fact it was built as a priory, The Priory of St. Mary of Newstead and was founded by King Henry ll of England. After the dissolution of monasteries, King Henry Vlll of England granted Newstead Abbey to Sir John Byron of Colwick in Nottinghamshire on 26th May 1540 and began converting Newstead into a country house.  The poet, George Gordon...

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Mum’s Special Farmhouse Stew, a Big Hug in a Bowl

Mum’s signature Farmhouse Stew has been a family favourite for generations. It’s that wonderful hug that warms your soul, the kind your mum gives you when you’ve had a hard day, or the kind your grandma gives you when she knows you’re feeling under-the-weather. My mum, Joyce, or “grandma-Joyce.” Made this deep pan of farmhouse chicken stew on just those occasions, it’s the definition of a hug in a bowl. Joyce was trained as a cook in her younger years whilst living in Hampshire and worked all the hours of the day with her friend and boss Mrs Symonds,...

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Chocolicious Chocolate Covered, Chocolate Muffins

A recipe for a mid-week treat, or perhaps a treat that the kids can help to bake on a rainy weekend. This is a failsafe muffin recipe for all kinds of occasions, it can be kept rather simple or dressed up with all manner of icing and decoration, the choice is yours! The taste is totally delish! I enjoy keeping it simple with a deep dark chocolate coating using good quality dark chocolate at least 60% cocoa content and with a just hint of edible sparkles across the top whilst the chocolate is still sticky. This recipe makes approximately...

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Nottingham Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall Deer Park and Gardens

Nottingham Industrial Museum takes me back to my childhood, it brings back all the lovely memories of visiting with my mum and brother, we’d always had an interest in all things mechanical, trains, steam engines, motorbikes etc. The local industries on display at the museum range from Lace making and textiles, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, clock making, iron works, printing, railways, motorcycles, bicycles and so much more. Working examples of steam engines full sized and models plus the Basford Beam engine can be seen steaming on the last Sunday of the month. Nottingham industrial museum is run entirely by volunteers and...

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